Natural Remedies for Dry Mouth That Will Make You Feel So Much Better
Difficulty swallowing, cracked lips, bad breath, tasteless food—they are all symptoms of dry mouth. While there are some serious causes of dry mouth, the condition is often harmless. But that doesn’t make it less annoying. Here are some tips for how to relieve dry mouth at home.
Lay off the smoking
Smoking doesn’t cause dry mouth, but it can make it worse. That’s because tobacco can dry out the mouth—even the smokeless products. Here are 23 ways to quit smoking for good.
Chew on it
For a yummy dry mouth treatment, try chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free hard candies. Both can help stimulate the flow of saliva, especially citrus, cinnamon, or mint-flavors. Careful, though: For some people, over-consumption of sugar-free products can cause rather, er, uncomfortable gastrointestinal side effects. These daily habits can help reduce bloating.
See you later, latte
Caffeinated drinks, like tea, coffee and soda, are overall dehydraters, including in your mouth. Alcohol also dehydrates, so laying off cocktails may lead to some improvement in dry mouth symptoms. Also avoid sugary or acidic drinks, such as most fruit juices and tomato juice. In addition to being dehydrating, the acid can also be painful for dry mouth sufferers. Water, milk, or decaffeinated sugar-free drinks are best. These are signs you might be drinking too much coffee.
Keep it steamy
One of the more simple home remedies for dry mouth at night is to put a humidifier in your bedroom. The increased moisture in the room may help alleviate the dryness and make you feel better in the morning. Be sure to clean the humidifier and replace the water regularly to avoid the growth of mold.
Sipping water throughout the day can be a big help for dry mouth. Carry a bottle with you as you go about your day and leave it by your bed at night. Drinking water during meals is especially helpful, as it not only will keep you hydrated but it will also making chewing and swallowing easier. Added bonus: It will make the food you’re eating taste better. You can even add some water, broth or extra liquids (butter counts!) directly to foods to make them easier to chew and swallow. Here are tricks to drink more water all day long.
If you’re looking for how to prevent dry mouth while sleeping, add mouthwash into your pre-bedtime routine. But be sure to look for the mouthwashes that are specially designed for dry mouth. These will contain xylitol, which is a sweet-tasting alcohol derived from some plant tissues. Examples of xylitol-containing mouthwashes include Biotene Dry Mouth Oral Rinse and ACT Total Care Dry Mouth Rinse. Don’t reach for ones with alcohol or peroxide though, as they can be drying.
Breathe through your nose
Train yourself to breathe through your nose, at least during the day when you have more control over it. Breathing through your mouth can dry out your mouth and nasal passages. If you are breathing through your mouth because of allergies or a cold, be sure to avoid antihistamines, which can make dry mouth worse because of their dehydrating properties. These are natural ways you can treat allergy symptoms.
Rethink your diet
Spicy or salty foods won’t necessarily make dry mouth worse, but it can cause pain in the mouth. Dry foods can also be tough to eat because of the lack of saliva in your mouth (think toast, crackers or dried fruit). If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from these types of foods, stop eating them. Sticking to bland, moist foods at room temperature or cooler will be best for your mouth.
Gargling with a mixture of warm water and up to a teaspoon of salt can help trigger salivary grands to secrete saliva, which can help relieve dry mouth.
Spice things up
Cayenne pepper, applied to your food or even directly to your tongue, can help stimulate the salivary glands. Fennel seeds contain flavonoids, which may help in the production of saliva as well. You can chew on fennel seeds a few times a day, especially after meals, or grind them with fenugreek seeds and add ½ tablespoon of the mixture to water after every meal. Cardamom has also been shown to have some benefit for dry mouth by moistening the mouth and relieving bad breath. They can be chewed directly or ground, boiled and steeped, as in a tea.
Sources: Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Cigna, WebMD, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, Home Remedy Hacks